Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby Still Seeks Better Results

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby Still Seeks Better Results

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Sidney Crosby sat at his locker stall late Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome while most of his Penguins teammates were packing their equipment bags and scurrying about.

For much of the Penguins' three-game trip through western Canada, the team captain and uber popular player in his home country had been swarmed by herds of reporters and fans at every opportunity.

Now that the trip was ending, Crosby was left to sit quietly, and he seemed to be in a reflective mood that didn't necessarily jibe with the just-ended 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames.

The Penguins went 2-0-1 at Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. They don't play again until Wednesday when the Washington Capitals visit Consol Energy Center, and that's their only game in an eight-day stretch.

While acknowledging the benefits of the western trip and the time off, Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer with 67 points in 47 games, made it clear he isn't satisfied with the way the club is playing.

"It's good to come out here and get five out of six [points]," he said. "That being said, I think we've always kind of evaluated ourselves on how we play, and not necessarily just results.

"I think we feel like we've still got more to give and can get better. To come out here and get those points -- especially before we get a couple of games in the next nine, 10 days -- we've got to make sure we build off of it."

The Penguins gave up two third-period goals 17 seconds apart Tuesday at Vancouver before they answered with two late goals 16 seconds apart -- one of them by Crosby -- before Crosby scored the shootout-deciding goal in a 5-4 win.

At Edmonton Friday, the Oilers erased 2-0 and 3-2 Penguins leads for a 4-3 overtime win. Saturday, the Penguins again had a 2-0 lead after two periods, but this time held on for a win. Edmonton is last in the Western Conference, Calgary second to last.

"I still think we can improve and be better with leads. We've got to try to control the play a little bit more," Crosby said. "I still think we can get to that point where we really just don't give teams anything. That's where you want to get."

Defenseman Matt Niskanen is willing to have the team take what it can from the trip. …

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